"Typically two missiles are fired at a
target, but four would have to be fired at a broken-up Scud to insure that at
least two attacked the warhead section. The fire unit's radars generally
detected Scuds at about 70 miles, and the unit engaged at 10-20 miles. Alerts
were often provided by satellites (DSPs) originally launched to detect Soviet
missiles, and the time from alert to engagement was typically 6-7 minutes. The
time from engagement to the destruction of the missile was typically 15-18
seconds; the Patriots and the Scud closed at 2,000 to 4,000 ft/sec."
--From: "Desert Victory: The War
for Kuwait" by Norman Friedman, Naval Institute Press, 1991.
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